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Apprehensive that you might be distressed to maintain the Army now in our capital, from the lowness of your finances, we thought it advisable to obtain a warrant in your favour for thirty-five thousand dollars; which Mr. Lewis received, and will deliver you.
I should do great injustice to Congress, if I did not assure you that they are disposed to do everything which can be reasonably required for your protection.
I have the honour to be, with the greatest regard, gentlemen, your most obedient and very humble servant,
To the Honourable the Convention of New-York.
A Letter from Major-General Lee, dated this day, requesting Money, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:
New-York, February 27, 1776.
SIR: As we have here no Continental Paymaster, I am under the necessity of addressing myself to the Provincial Congress to assist me in this article. I have a considerable party to be subsisted, and are now to be furnished with necessaries; two thousand dollars at least are requisite. You will much oblige me, therefore, sir, in endeavouring to procure this sum. If you could make it twenty-five hundred dollars, it would be more convenient to, sir, your most obedient,
To Colonel Woodhull, President of the Provincial Congress, New-York.
The Congress agreed to give Major-General Lee an order on the Treasurer for twenty-five hundred Dollars. And an order for that purpose was drawn and approved of, in the words following, to wit:
Major-General Lee, by his Letter of this day, having requested of this Congress to advance him the sum of twenty-five hundred Dollars for the subsistence of his party:
Thereupon, Ordered, That Peter Van B. Livingston, Esquire, as Treasurer of this Congress, advance to Major-General Lee twenty-five hundred Dollars, on Continental account.
A draft of a Letter to Major-General Lee was read and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:
SIR: Your letter of this morning was received and read. The requisition therein contained was immediately taken into consideration, and the Congress, ever ready to do all in their power to promote the publick service, agreed to advance you twenty-five hundred dollars. An order on our Treasurer for that sum, I have the honour to enclose you.
We are, most respectfully, sir, your very humble servants.
To Major-General Lee.
Lieutenant-Colonel Ritzema, by request, attended the Congress. Being asked what has been done by Congress relative to the two Regiments ordered to be formed out of the Troops in Canada, Mr. Ritzema says, that there are about nine hundred men in Canada; that they are the remnants of all corps which have been there, and cannot usefully be formed into one or two Regiments; that the Congress have surperseded their former order to form two battalions out of those Troops; that Mr. Walker has informed him that General Wooster had attempted to carry the order into execution, and has failed; that he looks upon the officers in Canada as unprovided for, and that they look upon themselves so; that a Committee of the Continental Congress told him that the officers were to be provided for in the new levies in their respective Colonies from whence they proceeded in the service; that on the 15th November, General Montgomery new-arranged the Army, and Mr. Ritzema read a copy of the Generals declaration to the Troops, and the terms, of new inlistments; that the General by parole appointed the Field-Officers. That there remains in the whole about fifteen hundred stand of armsabout five hundred belonged to this Colony; that about one hundred and fifty he left in three boxes in his rooms in Montreal; that the New-England Troops carried off with them about fifteen hundred muskets, taken at St. Johns; and that Colonel Warners party carried off all their arms. Lieutenant-Colonel Ritzema then gave a particular account of all the officers from this Colony now in Canada.
Mr. Sands informed Congress that Mr. John Murray had a Sloop, with Pig-Mettle, seized by Captain Vandeput, and requests permission to go on board of the Ship Dutchess of Gordon and the Ship Asia, to endeavour to regain his property.
Ordered, That Mr. John Murray be permitted to go on board of the Dutchess of Gordon and his Majestys Ship Asia.
To Mr. Elias Nixen, Port-Master.
Mr. Nicholas Low requests a permit to ship Flaxseed and Lumber on board of the Ship Polly, Captain Thomas Kennedy Master, to be exported to Cork, in Ireland, in returns for stores imported.
Ordered, That Mr. Low be permitted to load Flaxseed and Lumber on board of the Ship Polly, Captain Thomas Kennedy Master, to the amount of eight hundred and ninety-six Pounds nine Pence.
Die Lunæ, 4 ho. P. M., February 27, 1776.
The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.
Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President, (say Ten Broeck.)
FOR NEW-YORK.Colonel Lott, Mr. Prince, Mr. Beekman, Captain Rutgers, Mr. Roosevelt, Captain Denning, Mr. Van Zandt.
FOR ALBANY.General Ten Broeck, Colonel Nicoll, Mr. A. Yates, Mr. Gansevoort.
FOR SUFFOLK.General Woodhull, Mr. Hobart, Mr. Gelston.
FOR ORANGE.Colonel Hay, Mr. Herring, Colonel Allison, Mr. Clowes.
FOR ULSTER.Mr. Dewitt, Mr. Lefever, Colonel Palmer, (on duty.)
FOR DUTCHESS.Colonel . Ten Broeck, Mr. Schenck.
FOR WESTCHESTER.Mr. Ward, Colonel Joseph Drake, Doctor Graham.
FOR KINGS.Mr. Leffertse, Mr. Vanderbilt.
FOR RICHMOND.Mr. Adrian Bancker.
FOR TRYON.Mr. Moore.
FOR CHARLOTTE.Colonel John Williams.
FOR CUMBERLAND.Colonel William Williams.
Mr. Roosevelt, from the Committee appointed to report a plan for the emission of fifty-five thousand Pounds, in Provincial Paper Bills of different denominations, of Dollars and Shillings, delivered in the Report of the said Committee; which was read, and ordered to remain for further consideration.
Jabez Fredericks and Jacob Andrews, inhabitants of Massachusetts-Bay, being at the door, sent in Certificates of Colonel Howe and Colonel P. Henry, that they have been taken prisoners by Lord Dunmore and escaped, and recommending them for assistance to return to their places of abode. They also sent in a Pass from Major-General Lee; and requested assistance.
Ordered, That Peter Van B. Livingston, Esq., as Treasurer of this Congress, pay to Jabez Fredericks and Jacob Andrews, inhabitants of Massachusetts-Bay, who have been taken prisoners by Lord Dunmore, and made their escape, the sum of forty Shillings, to assist them on their journey to their respective places of abode.
Captain Rutgers informed the Congress that Christopher Duyckinck is at the door, and desires admittance.
Ordered, That he be admitted.
Christopher Duyckinck admitted, says, that with reluctance he disobeyed the summons of this Congress yesterday evening; and repeated a long account of the controversy between Mr. Sands and himself, Christopher Duyckinck was desired to withdraw.
The Congress took the case of the insult offered to this Congress into consideration, and came to a determination in the words following, to wit:
This Congress is of opinion that Christopher Duyckinck is guilty of a contempt of this Congress, in the message he sent by their Doorkeeper, for which he ought to ask the pardon of this Congress, and receive a reprin and from the Chair. And although this Congress, would not interfere in the trial of private property, or in demanding satisfaction for a private injury, yet they are of opinion that the said Christopher Duyckinck has acted very wrong in taking and detaining from Mr. Sands his watch; and do recommend it to him to return the same to him without delay.